Todd Danielson: Missing the point |

Todd Danielson: Missing the point

In regards to your column (Don’t Like Coulter? Read Dowd, Steamboat Today, July 27) about keeping Ann Coulter in the newspaper, I think you’re missing the point. It isn’t about maintaining an “equal” amount of viewpoints, or even a diverse selection of views. Those ideas are fine (although they go too far when the media think they need to give equal time to inaccuracies and lies simply because they’re a divergent view, but that’s another subject).

Most people object to Coulter as a person and columnist because she is constantly inciting hatred among anyone who will listen, which is a terrible thing to do under any context. If you substituted out the word “liberal” in her columns and replaced it with a race, she’d sound just like someone in the KKK. If you subbed in the word “American,” she’d sound an awful lot like al Qaeda. Inciting any group of people to actively hate another is wrong, and I could show you a very long “laundry list” of her doing just that.

And the Steamboat Pilot & Today is read by most people in this town, whether local or tourist, so what you choose to put in the paper, especially editorials, in many ways represents the town and what we’re perceived to believe in. By purchasing her column, you’re “voting with your wallet” and saying that promoting hatred is OK. Yes, she’s a caricature, but it still isn’t helpful. I think you’re doing a disservice to the community here, and I hope you and the editorial board reconsider your opinion.

Todd Danielson

Steamboat Springs

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